Castor Oil has strong cleansing properties. Ayurveda uses castor oil internally and topically. Internally, it is a strong laxative used for seasonal cleansing. Food that sits too long in the digestive tract is a primary source of toxic waste products, waste that comes from bacteria that ferment food in your gut. Keeping your intestines clean is a healthy way improve digestion and detoxify. Additionally, Castor Oil Purgation removes toxicity from the colon, kidneys, stomach, liver and spleen.
Panchakarma cleansing with castor oil should only be done under the supervision of an Ayurvedic practitioner. However you may try the following gentle program at home.
A word of caution
IndicationsConstipation, skin disorders, slow metabolism, excess weight, arthritis.
ContraindicationsChildhood, old age, diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, inflammation of intestines, fever, debilitation, emaciation, prolapsed rectum, dehydration.
A Castor Oil Cleanse is a strong measure. The point is to reboot your digestive intelligence, however, if used too often, you will compromise the integrity of your colon, which is the opposite of your intention. As with all strong laxatives, prolonged use is habit forming and contra-indicated. Be very honest with yourself while reading the list of contraindications and follow dietary guidelines for preparing your body precisely. Twice a year is plenty.
Castor oil may irritate the intestines and cause cramping. If cramping occurs discontinue use. Do not use castor oil if you have inflammation of the intestines. Please check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness program.
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GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
PURGATIVEWhere general laxatives target the colon, purgatives are strong laxatives that target complete elimination of the small intestine. Use only sporadically as it can be habit forming.
STIMULANT-LAXATIVEStimulant laxatives induce bowel movements by stimulating peristaltic movement (the contraction of smooth muscle in the intestines). They are effective when used on a short-term basis. On a long-term basis, they can create dependency.
DOWNWARDDownward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
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Is it ok to vomit 4 hours after taking castor oil???Can i eat kichdi with ghee after the cleanse???What type of food should we eat after cleanse, can you please suggest any meals.Thanks.
Ideally you don't vomit the castor oil up. The castor oil cleanse works by elimination. Castor oil is a purgative which means a very strong laxative. Kitchari is a good choice for after cleansing.